Ah, the things we worry about in this society.
Yesterday a photo of a shirtless Johnny Manziel revealed that the Texas A&M quarterback has a tattoo of the Texas Longhorns’ logo on his ribcage.
Mouths gaped. Clocks stopped. Twitter boomed.
Only, Manziel says the tattoo — and here’s another photo of it — is fake. As in temporary. Ah, that wacky kid. A&M’s Heisman-winner actually grew up a Texas fan but if he says the tattoo is fake, we’ll take his word for it.
The website that initially posted the photo — BustedCoverage.com — takes Manziel to task for the photo:
“If you don’t want to blow up blogs, go to Cabo and avoid henna (tattoos). Otherwise, we’re splashing your ass all over the internet.
Don’t cry to newspaper writers that you can’t be a normal college student who takes classes on campus. Don’t cry to ESPN that you can’t live a normal life because of the ‘microscope.’
Again, you put a UT Longhorn henna on your abs and it’s on.”
OK. But isn’t the fact that a third-year college student can’t pose for photos with friends or fans without America freaking out over a joke tattoo exactly what the term “living under a microscope” describes?
Manziel isn’t camera shy and everyone with a web connection knows it. But if a college kid can’t do the spring break thing like his teammates and fellow students without a website threatening to splash his “ass all over the internet,” that would seem to suggest that, yup, Johnny Football “can’t be a normal college student” anymore.